I've had several students inform me that they aren't starting class until this week -- as if the first week wasn't a REAL part of the semester.
For cripes sake, if it wasn't a REAL part of the semester, then why did I show up? Why did YOUR college decide to hold classes? Why did most of your classmates come to class?
Surprise -- bozos, we covered course material last week. Now you have to catch up and I'm not gonna help you.
I know yesterday was MLK day -- so we didn't have class, but last I knew our long weekend was just that -- a long weekend, NOT an extension of winter break.
Listen, I would have liked to spend last week sleeping in and working on my dissertation. I didn't do so - because WE HAD CLASS.
And, at least have the good sense to act as if you give a crap about missing class -- and contact me in advance. Don't demand a syllabus and class schedule (as if that's all we did last week) and tell me you'll see me on Thursday. That's three of your four allowed absences. Wanna bet you won't avoid an attendance failure?